Red Red Wine

by Polly N on October 17, 2010

I have always enjoyed alcohol but unfortunately the sentiment has never been reciprocated. In fact alcohol really is not my friend.

In the past, after a night out, I have woken up feeling like death. As soon as I opened my eyes, I would immediately feel this dread wash over me with my mind playing over the previous night’s events searching for any moments where I may have not been the best version of me, which I’m afraid to say, happened quite a few times in my younger years. Of all of my friends I used to suffer with what I call “the fear” the worst. Fear of the things I might have said or the way I may have acted. Fear of being a person I recognize only when I have consumed one too many; a person I very much dislike.

Fast forward 8 months and I am pretty much a tee-totaller. This does shock me sometimes, especially considering I was always the one out of my friends to have a glass of wine or a beer at lunch or dinner when they would opt for a coke. I had no qualms about being the lone drinker at the table. Don’t get me wrong, I have never woken up and poured whisky on my cornflakes but when I went out, I liked a drink.

These days, I’m not bothered about it in the slightest. I often go out with friends and stick to water – WATER! I NEVER would have thought I would be able to have FUN and be SOBER! But it turns out you can, and you get to wake up the next day feeling fresh as a daisy and have none of that dreaded fear that was such a common feeling for me. And it would normally take me a few days to recuperate. I would only start to feel “normal” again by about Tuesday which meant that not only was my body suffering, but my mental state was too. Like I said, I suffered with this much more than any of my friends seemed to, and now I realise it’s because my body, my higher self and my higher purpose had other plans for me. Now I can see why I had such adverse reactions – I was a million light years away from the “path” I was supposed to be on. The one I am on now.

I’m not saying that I’ll never drink again, and I may even treat myself to a glass of red wine at Christmas but it’s not something that really has a starring role in my life anymore. Apart from alcohol being incredibly dehydrating, it is also very acidic. And we know that the body requires an alkaline pH (a scale which measures how acidic or alkaline it is) to be healthy.

The juice I made yesterday got me thinking about this because it looks awfully like the red stuff itself!


  • 1 large beetroot
  • 1 stick celery
  • 3 carrots
  • Small handful flat leaf parsley and stalks

Beetroot is great for lowering blood pressure and cleansing the liver, celery reduces fluid retention and calms the nervous system while carrots help you “see in the dark” and help clear up skin problems. Parsley is also extremely cleansing owing to it’s rich chlorophyll content.

So you could either drink this and pretend it’s red wine or you can drink it to heal yourself having drunk too much of the real red wine! Either way it’s a winner!


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Independent Health October 17, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Hey Polly, nice red wine alternative.
What about just red grape juice? Looks even more like red wine and it’s delicious. Some people just aren’t too much liking the taste of beets.
BTW I love your attitude. Keep on going … :-)


Christina Lucchesi March 9, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Hi Polly!!
I just wanted to write and tell you I absolutely LOVE what you’re doing here, and I have been following your path for a few weeks now! I feel like when I read your stories I’m reading about myself- the love for a healthy, holistic lifestyle, curing cancer with healing thoughts (I don’t have cancer but I do believe our body’s health is a reflection of our mind) and natural substances, and your piece about DRINKING is something I’m struggling with now too, but you seem to have answered my questions about it! My body reacts the same, but I just can’t seem to get my mind around why?! Now I might be able to! THANK YOU for putting your path out there, I am grateful to have you as inspiration to live a healthy, positive lifestyle!!!! My mom says we look like long lost sisters, I wish I had the opportunity to meet you in person! I should have my Vitamix soon, can’t wait to try your recipes!

Love and hugs xo


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